{goals} Half-year 2020 goals update

We’re half way through the year and it’s a really good time to talk about goals.

If you haven’t seen this post where I ask if there’s even a point to goals anymore, take a few minutes and pop on over. There’s a lot of different ways to think about this time and still feel a little bit accomplished.

Let’s talk about my original 20 in 2020 list

I took some time to update my list this weekend and much to my surprise, I’m on track with exactly 10 out of 20 of those goals done. Much of the things that are undone involve travel and people things, so I’m under no illusion that I’ll even end on 15 but here’s to the half-year mark.

Thankfully I was able to pivot with the workshops so I had two in-person and 3 virtual. There are three workshops left – two Four Tendencies and one Five Love Languages. The Four Tendencies workshop on 22 August will work for those in South Africa, Europe and the USA.

Now, let’s talk about my 19 in Covid-19 list. A few things to note:

  • I actually put 20 things on the list
  • I made a list that does not depend on people or travel.
  • It may be a more boring list, but it’s all within my control.
  • I made the list on 18 April and (naive Marcia!), believed that it would only be needed for up to 3 months. We now know there’s a new normal we all have to get used to (more in the next couple of posts) but I’m still aiming to finish by 18 July.

Here’s a picture of my list…

And the good news is I’m up to nearly 17 out of these 20 that are complete. I’ve read 4 books from my bookshelf; and 28 overall as at the time of writing, but will finish those last two books by 18 July.

I have two questions for you, friends:

  • How are you going with your 2020 goals?
  • Did you make a 19 for Covid-19 list, and how is that going? Did you make your list to replace the 2020 one or just for a specific period like mine?

(for noting, I’ll have to make a list for the remainder of the year again – this is the first year I’m making THREE goals lists :))

A few posts to help with your pandemic goals

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  1. MamaCat says

    I like having goals, but I think I have eased off on most of them now. I have decided one day at time. I need it, in order not to drive myself crazy and make myself ill. Once I found out I could make myself physically ill by stressing about stuff, I try my very best to take it one day at a time and just let life be. Goals keep us moving forward, but for me, I need to know when to let go and just be.

    • Marcia Francois says

      this is such a departure from your comment two months ago – have a look 🙂


      Agree to keep evaluating and see what’s working for you.

      • MamaCat says

        I know exactly what you are saying, because that comment came back to me too. After getting ill and well again, I realized that in order for me to be a good human being, I need to let go a little. Hanging onto my goals over other things is not a healthy way to live. I think I mixed up having goals and getting what I want at any cost. They are not the same thing. One allows you to look forward and one makes you selfish and crazy.


    Oh my!! My 20 for 2020 List has come to a standstill with only 2 goals done. I’m still hoping that my travel-related goals and catching-up-with-friends goals will still happen. I’ve also resigned myself to the fact that a lot of them may not happen.
    I did make a covid19 goal list and that one went nowhere. Almost. I set it up without really understanding the restrictions and their implications. However, one of my covid goals was to read more and that one worked so well, going way beyond my expectations. I think it will be one of the highlights for the year.
    I also have a winter list. I had one last year and it really helped me embrace the coldness and dullness (of skies, light etc) that I so despise. So I’m doing it again this year but the ‘rules’ of this list are that I can only have a few and they must fit in easily with the goals I already have in place.

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